We started our unschooling journey in April of this year.
I'm going through a really rough patch right now. I don't know what to do with my oldest. She'll be 5 in December.
Lately it's been really hard for me to deal with her. She's doing things she normally wouldn't do. It's like someone replaced her while I was sleeping.
Today we ordered pizza, and I got a couple packets of ranch dressing with it.
The girls didn't want the pizza, they just wanted to dip their fingers into the ranch, ok fine, the'll eat the pizza later or something else when they are really hungry.
We finished up, and I took the pizza into the kitchen, come back around the corner and she's smearing ranch down her sister back,taking the packet and slamming it onto her back.
I gave them oreos,knowing they would only eat the cream part, but then she took the cookie part and started tossing them across the room.
She hasn't been eating and when she does, she plays with her food.
I have noodles and beans that they can play with, but maybe that's not enough?
When I ask her why she's doing these things, she either doesn't answer me, or says it was an accident.
I'm feeling so burnt out with her. She doesn't want to do what I suggest, she wants to either watch TV or watch videos on youtube. She gets bored with that and I'll invite her to play with me and her sister, or read books, play with cards, anything and lately the answer is always no.
When we go out all she does is whine and complain. It's like nothing I say or do makes her happy.
She's pushing her sister and other kids when we're outside playing. She never did that before!
I'm starting to get really frustrated and having trouble finding a balance for myself.
My husband is gone at least 10 hours a day, working six days a week and he just got a promotion. I'm almost 7 weeks pregnant with our 3rd and so tired all the time,also feeling like I'm always going to throw up.
The girls know about the baby, and I would think that is part of the problem, but this has been going on for months now.
My husband suggested putting her into a montessori program, or maybe that she really wants to be in school. Even if she does, she can't go until next Fall.
I feel like I'm failing her.
I know she can sense my attitude and I don't want to come across as phony with her either, because she'll pick up on that too.
I really don't know what to do or think.